Did Tiny Algae Doom Mighty Dinosaurs?

SCIENCE Seventy million years ago, they all came to drink in the rapidly drying river: long-necked sauropods, fierce theropods, crocodiles, lizards, and raven-sized birds. They never left. (Science) How are animal remains fossilized? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit.   Discussion Ideas An intriguing new theory suggests that a series of harmful algal blooms (HABs) may have … Continue reading Did Tiny Algae Doom Mighty Dinosaurs?

Educator Spotlight: Lessons from the Field

Beth Guzzetta, this week’s Educator of the Week, organizes international programs that emphasize field research as well as respect for other cultures and environments. Beth is a middle school math and science teacher and an international research educator at Allendale Columbia School in Rochester, New York. You seem to have a pretty unique role at your school. Can you tell me about it? I’m a classroom … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Lessons from the Field

Swarming Disaster

ENVIRONMENT For the third year in a row, skies over Madagascar are black with millions of locusts—the insects of biblical fame that gobble up crops and ravage landscapes, mostly in countries where people barely get by. (NPR) Use our resources to better understand the “Lessons of a Cannibal Plague.” Thanks to Alli for the heads-up on this great current-event connection! This video, which describes Madagascar’s … Continue reading Swarming Disaster